Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Instrumental and Educational Studies, Music Education and Vocal Studies Department

VOCAL STUDIES - Solo Singing - repeated enrolment mode, first-cycle, Białystok

Level of study: first-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: ogólnoakademicki Duration: 3 years

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from 2020-08-01 to 2020-08-31 23:59:00




The studies are addressed to musically and vocally talented candidates who, while entering the enrolment procedure, should also present acting skills.

The Major prepares students for working at music theatres, opera, operetta, and for stage activity using different vocal forms – songs, cantatas and oratorios.

The curriculum covers both the subjects aimed at developing vocal technique (Solo Singing), vocal preparation of the repertoire consisting of different forms and styles (Work with Pianist, Opera Parts Development, Study of Recitative, Execution of Baroque Music, Chamber Music, Vocal Ensembles), as well as stage preparation (Basics of Play Acting, Diction, Dance, Style and Gesture). General music subjects and humanities develop students’ skills and widen their general knowledge. The curriculum also offers an option to acquire practical skills thanks to participation in opera performances, concerts and music events presented at the FCUM and other institutions of culture.

A graduate – holder of a BA degree (licencjat), equipped in basic knowledge and skills in solo singing, acting, stage movement and dance, is prepared for continuing their education at second cycle studies and for working as an opera/operetta singer, performer of songs, oratorios and other vocal works, in compliance with their vocal capacities and interests.

In the academic year 2020/2021 the major subject: Solo Singing will be taught by:

  • prof. dr hab. Cezary Szyfman
  • dr hab. Marta Wróblewska
  • dr hab. Adam Zdunikowski
  • dr Aleksander Teliga

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • singing – sending an audio-video recording
  • test of knowledge and skills in basics of acting – online test
  • ear training – online test

Scope of material

  • singing– a candidate prepares three free pieces (including at least one in Polish) range: chamber music, oratorio or opera, with piano accompaniment
  • test of knowledge and skills in basics of acting

acting predisposition:

  1. candidates prepare at least two texts in Polish for the exam: prose and verse (contemporary or classical), both texts with original interpretation,
  2. tasks given to candidates during the examination:
    • acting tasks using the texts candidates had prepared (ability to move away from the prepared interpretation),
    • acting tasks and acting studies on a given topic (no text, imagination and improvisation),
    • diction and breathing tasks, exercises testing the articulation apparatus for speaking, as well as diction accuracy of separate sounds.

dance and movement predisposition:

  • test of knowledge of steps of national Polish dances (polonaise, cracoviak, kujaviak, oberek, mazur),
  • test of body emotion expression, body space imagination and movement creativity thanks to performing a dance and movement study to background music (topics of studies and music pieces are prepared by examiners).

Required clothing that allows to perform dance exercises, and movement and gymnastics tasks, shoes for folk dances and shoes for gymnastics exercises.

  • ear training – online test

Auditory predisposition and skills test including score reading, rhythmic exercises, identification of consonances including third inversions and seventh dominants, identification of major, minor, augmented and diminished chords, musical memory predisposition test.

Date of exams

14.09.2020 - 18.09.2020 (on-line)